Series Review: Jane The Virgin (Series One)

Jane The Virgin just finished its first series over here in the UK. From the start I thoroughly enjoyed it. The series follows Jane who has decided to wait till she’s married to have sex, however things get complicated for her and her fiancée Michael when she is accidentally inseminated at the doctors. To make matters worse the semen belongs to Rafael her boss at the hotel who is already married. Despite the ridiculous plot, it is this factor that gives it a certain charm. Filled with drama and comedy it is a brilliant series with lovable characters. All of them have faults, but in turn have attractive traits. Even the narrator has a wonderful personality!

Pilot

So Jane is faced with motherhood as she decides to keep the baby. Her family support her on her decision, however the plot thickens with Rafael’s troubles involving the hotel and the mystery of big criminal Sin Rostro, who Michael is investigating. Also to be even more difficult the doctor who inseminated Jane is Rafael’s sister Dr. Luisa. Jane’s biological father also comes back into her life who is a famous telenovela star Rogelio. Rogelio and Jane’s mother Xiomara have an on and off relationship as they both struggle to cope with each others strong feisty personalities.

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One of the hardest things to decide with Jane The Virgin is if you’re #TeamMichael or #TeamRafael. Despite their breakup early on Michael still has feelings for Jane and has helped her and her family numerous times during the series. Michael protected Jane’s grandmother from being found out that she is an illegal immigrant and prevent her from being deported. Whereas, Rafael is the father of the baby and they both fall for each other, but he sets himself on self-destruct mode and messes things up between him and Jane. Yet you can’t help but feel sorry for him. They are both so perfect it’s hard to choose. I had a conversation about this with my sister and we can’t choose; so we came to the conclusion that the writers have to kill one of them off or have an unconventional threesome to make everyone happy. Of course that probably won’t happen, so we have to hope one of them does something unforgivable.

Jane The Virgin -- "Chapter Twenty-Two" -- Image Number: JAV122b_0071.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Justin Baldoni as Rafael, Gina Rodriguez as Jane, Ivonne Coll as Alba, Andrea Navedo as Xo and Jaime Camil as Rogelio -- Photo: Patrick Wymore/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

In the final episode Jane gives birth to a baby boy, even though she thought she was having a girl. Even with the outrageous amount of drama unfolding throughout the series the ending was no exception. Thus setting us up for series two. As well as the comedic essence of the series other serious topics were covered very well and with heart. For example, when Rafael and Jane go to a scan and are told something could be wrong with the baby; and they have to decide on whether to go through a procedure which could be dangerous for the baby. Then ultimately decide whether they would be able to look after a baby with a disability or not depending on the outcome.

Jane the Virgin has won nine awards for its first series and narrator, Anthony Mendez got nominated for an Emmy. I thoroughly enjoyed the series. It was funny with a lot of drama and the casting was perfect. Jane The Virgin has the same feel as Ugly Betty when it was on TV. However, I loved this more than Ugly Betty, which I adored. Jane the Virgin has so much potential and I can’t wait for the second series! Most of all I’m looking forward to Rogelio being a overdramatic grandfather.

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